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Water Resources Development Act (WRDA): Corps of Engineers Project Authorization Issues

Description: WRDA is the main legislative vehicle for Corps civil works authorizations. This report considers the current status of WRDA and major issues shaping WRDA consideration in the 110th Congress, including changes to Corps project development practices and policies, coastal Louisiana wetlands restoration activities, Upper Mississippi River Illinois Waterway (UMR-IWW) investments, and Everglades restoration projects.
Date: October 4, 2007
Creator: Carter, Nicole T.; Hughes, H. S.; Sheikh, Pervaze A. & Zinn, Jeffrey A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Water Rights Related to Oil Shale Development in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Description: Concerns over fluctuating oil prices and declining petroleum production worldwide have revived interest in oil shale as a potential resource. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) identified oil shale as a strategically important domestic resource and directed the Department of the Interior to promote commercial development. Oil shale development would require significant amounts of water, however, and water supply in the Colorado River Basin, where several oil shale reserves are located, is limited. This report will provide a brief overview of water rights in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, including changes that may be made to currently held water rights and the possibility for abandonment of unused water rights.
Date: November 18, 2008
Creator: Brougher, Cynthia
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wave, Tidal, and In-Stream Energy Projects: Which Federal Agency Has the Lead?

Description: Developments in wave, tidal, and in-stream energy generation technologies -- also referred to as hydrokinetic or marine energy -- are beginning to gain momentum. At the same time, their regulatory status is still evolving, as shown by recent changes in law aimed at clarifying hte federal role in ocean wave and renewable energy. Two federal agencies currently appear to have a lead role in offshore renewable energy projects -- the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Date: October 7, 2008
Creator: Lane, Nic
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Western Water Resource Issues

Description: This report discusses the debate over western water resources, which revolves around the issue of how best to plan for and manage the use of this renewable, yet sometimes scarce and increasingly sought after, resource.
Date: October 18, 2006
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
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Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: September 12, 2003
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
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Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: October 25, 2002
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: July 21, 2003
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
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Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
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Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: January 24, 2005
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: June 15, 2004
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Western Water Resource Issues

Description: For more than a century, the federal government has constructed water resource projects for a variety of purposes, including flood control, navigation, power generation, and irrigation. Growing population and changing values have increased demands on water supplies and river systems, resulting in water use and management conflicts throughout the country, particularly in the West, where the population is expected to increase 30% in the next 20-25 years. Debate over western water resources revolves around the issue of how best to plan for and manage the use of this renewable, yet sometimes scarce and increasingly sought after, resource. The 109th Congress is considering a number of bills on western water issues, including title transfer, water recycling, and rural water supply legislation, as well as Indian water rights settlement legislation.
Date: March 8, 2006
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: December 9, 2005
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Western Water Resource Issues

Description: No Description Available.
Date: October 18, 2006
Creator: Cody, Betsy A. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wetland Issues

Description: Instead of a single comprehensive federal wetland protection law, multiple laws provide varying levels of protection in different forms: the permit program authorized in §404 in the Clean Water Act; programs for agricultural wetlands; laws that protect specific sites; and laws that protect wetlands which perform certain functions. Many protection advocates view these laws and their implementation as inadequate or uncoordinated. Others, who advocate the rights of property owners and development interests, by contrast, characterize these efforts, especially the §404 permit program, as too intrusive. Numerous state and local wetland programs add to the complexity of the protection effort.
Date: January 24, 2006
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A. & Copeland, Claudia
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department